J usticeAid believes in justice and the power of art to bring us together in the fight for a more equitable nation and world. This year, in parallel with our fundraising for Black Voters Matter, each month we will highlight Black artists in order to uplift those whose voices have been muted, and whose visions can help us all see ourselves as we really are, and as we could be.
“The song starts as a party but becomes something else, something much closer to a prayer,” writes NPR’s Tom Moon.
Selma chronicles the tumultuous three-month period in 1965, when Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. led a dangerous campaign to secure equal voting rights in the face of violent opposition. The epic march from Selma to Montgomery culminated in President Johnson signing the Voting Rights Act of 1965, one of the most significant victories for the civil rights movement.
“Selma” shows the evolution of change while beaming a spotlight on the stunted growth of that which has not changed. Its timeliness is a spine-chilling reminder that those who do not know their history are doomed to repeat it.
Celebrated artist Jacob Lawrence (1917-2000) depicted the 1965 Selma to Montgomery marches for voting rights in Confrontation at the Bridge. Strong colors and an expressive composition highlight the brave act of the marchers.
(Artwork) Confrontation on the Bridge, 1975, serigraph print commission celebrating the U.S. bicentennial in 1976
(Photo) Copyright 2018, The Associated Press
First edition (1963) publ. American Friends Service Committee
Letter From Birmingham City Jail
By Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
On April 16, 1963, in the Birmingham jail where he was imprisoned as a participant in nonviolent demonstrations against segregation, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., wrote in longhand Letter From Birmingham City Jail—his response to a public statement of concern and caution issued by eight white religious leaders of the South.